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I know, the timing is really unfortunate!
The good news is the prospects of getting a new job are almost certain. It is very much an employee's market in IT (my current company being the exception, naturally!), and all the jobs will pay above the requirement. The question is really about how the UKBA will respond to me changing jobs in the middle of the process, vs how they would respond to a redundancy, vs staying here and hoping for the best - ie that I don't get made redundant and/or the UKBA does all their checks before anything happens, which as I say isn't until 8 May.
My wife is in the UK, yes. As it happens she has literally just signed a contract for a new job (her first in the UK), starting Monday (11th Feb). The salary is £17k, up to 17.5 on completion of 3 months probation.
I currently have about £8k in my personal bank account, if that helps.
In the perfect world I'd quite like to move on - nothing says a company is going downhill like making half the department redundant! But the visa application definitely takes precedence, especially since - hopefully - it will only mean a couple of months extra with this company.
Thanks for your answer.
I am a little unclear on what would happen if I move to a new job. Presumably I wouldn't tell the UKBA anything until I had a signed contract with my new employer. This contract would state my starting salary, as well as dates etc. When writing to inform the UKBA of the change I would include this contract as evidence, and they would see that I am still in full-time employment earning the requirement. They would also have details of my previous employment, in the form of my last 6 months' payslips, as that was the evidence I sent in already.
If I did this do you still think there is a chance they would reject the application purely because circumstances had changed?
Would the appeal definitely be dropped / won, assuming I did still meet all the requirements?
Would my wife still be able to live and work in the UK if it went to appeal?
Finally, I understand your advice on staying put, but I'm worried that informing the UKBA that I've been made redundant would be worse than informing them that I've changed job of my own volition, as it raises more questions about my stability. Would you agree?
Thanks so much for your answers!
I just have a couple of very quick questions for you if you get a chance.
As I mentioned earlier, some lawyers we spoke to indicated that they would expect a simple application like ours (without any of these new developments) to take 2-3 months to process, although they were at pains to say that that is no guarantee. Does that sound reasonable to you?
If we did end up going to appeal, can you give a similar ballpark timeframe for that?